The company’s activities included exploration operations, on-shore and offshore surveys, drilling of test wells, and the development of producing fields, in addition to crude and natural gas exploration.
It was in 1938 that oil was discovered in commercial quantities in the Burgan Field, and eight years later, in 1946, His Highness Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the late Amir of Kuwait, inaugurated the export of the first crude shipment. New fields were subsequently developed and export facilities were expanded, resulting in the construction of the North and South Piers, the Sea Island, and the Single Point Mooring.
In 1975, the Kuwait Government took over 100% of KOC and in 1980, due to the expansion in oil industry operations, and by virtue of an Amiri Decree, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) was established to bring together under one umbrella the nationally owned companies operating in the fields of oil production, processing and transportation. KOC was of course devastated by the Iraqi invasion in 1990. In spite of this, following liberation in February 1991, the company worked hard to return to full production capacity; something it achieved within months.
Super light crude oil was discovered at Sabriya in 2005; with the discovery of the API 52 crude oil representing a big jump in the company’s exploration abilities. In 2006, gas was discovered in the deep Jurassic reservoirs at Rahiya, Mutriba, Um Niga and other fields.
These discoveries satisfy a long Kuwaiti dream of becoming self-sufficient in gas, which will be used for power generation.
In the present day, KOC’s responsibilities under the KPC’s umbrella are the exploration, drilling, and production of oil and gas within the State of Kuwait. It is also involved in the storage of crude oil and delivery to tankers for export.
A History of Care
KOC has always been renowned for looking after its employees and their families, which was underlined in April 1960 when it opened the Ahmadi Hospital specifically for that reason. In the mid 1980s it was decided to open the hospital to the entire oil sector, and in doing so make available a much needed resource for a booming industry.
Ahmadi Hospital offers a broad portfolio of medical treatment and related services, including Accident & Emergency; General Practice; Internal Medicine; General Surgery; Orthopaedics; Dermatology; Obstetrics & Gynaecology; Paediatrics; Ophthalmology; Ear, Nose & Throat; Dentistry; Preventative Medical Services; Radiology; Anaesthesia; Intensive Care Laboratory; Physiotherapy; and Dietary Services. In addition, consultative clinics are conducted once a week by Consultants seconded from the Ministry of Health.
Without a doubt, the Ahmadi Hospital has done an outstanding job of caring for oil workers for over half-a-century.
Nevertheless, KOC decided the time was right to offer the industry a new and modern high-tech hospital complex, catering not only to all KOC and oil sector families, but also the residents of Ahmadi which, located in the southern part of the country, is wellknown for its greenery and British architecture.
The New KOC Ahmadi Hospital and residencies occupy a four-storey building with a combined floor space of approximately 80,000m2, providing room for 300 beds, with provision for a 100 bed future expansion wing, and a fully serviced medical facility that encompasses all services.
The new residential facility on the site consists of five buildings of approximately 10,000m2 each on two levels, which incorporate a total of 254 studio apartments complete with surface parking for resident doctors and nurses.
The construction contract has been awarded to Kuwaiti main contractor Sayed Hamid Behbahani & Sons Co (SHBC) as a fixed price lump sum contract; the electrical and mechanical works will be undertaken by the electrical and mechanical division of SHBC. The contract value is 86.4 million KWD, which includes the construction of the hospital, procurement and installation of the medical equipment, fixtures/fittings and facility maintenance and management for one year post completion.
19 million KWD has been allocated for the procurement of up to 11,000 items of medical equipment ranging from a high-tech MRI scanner to wheelchairs to provide a state-of-the-art hospital that will serve the Kuwait oil sector into the future. Some key construction statistics are as follows: Excavation – 100,000m3 Reinforced concrete – 75,000 m3 Construction peak manpower – 1,500 people The project is being controlled by KOC Major Projects Group II, Team IV and managed by Worley Parsons in their role as Project Management Consultancy for KOC. The timeline for the development is as follows:
• Tender period – May to October 2010
• Contract award – December 2010
• Commenced construction – February 2011
• Scheduled completion – October 2014
As with all KOC projects, health and safety is a key requirement of the contract and the aim is to complete the project without lost time injury. As of March 2012, the project was ahead of schedule at 8% complete with approximately 800,000 man hours worked without lost time injury.
A Unique Architectural Response
The New Ahmadi Hospital has an innovative and functional design that is sensitive to regional and Islamic principles and traditions, as well as reflecting local environmental conditions. It incorporates state-of-the-art technology, as well as up-to the- minute energy and water conservation systems, and has been created with future growth and expansion in mind.
The design of the hospital, undertaken by Langdon Wilson International in association with Gulf Consult, is a unique architectural response to the site. The buildings and parking area, for example, are protected with impenetrable windbreaks, which are common in the area. The hospital also has deeply recessed windows with sunscreens and light shelves, as well as defined exterior gardens, terraces and verandas.
The footprint of the hospital is derived from the Islamic geometric form of a circle evolving into a rotated square into an eightsided star. The first triangle houses the lobby.
To the west of the lobby is the clinic building, and to the east two nursing bed towers are to be found, which are enclosed by contemplative gardens on the ground floor where the administrative functions are carried out and a staff entrance point is located.
Exterior fenestration is natural stone, precast concrete and metal. Energy efficient low-E, blue-green glass has been utilised.
The patient focused design aims to provide the best healing environment while projecting confidence to the visitors that this is a place where their family member will receive quality care and ease the stress of visiting a hospital.
The clinical services are provided through the following:
• 11 wards that include intensive care, maternity, medical and surgical
• A state of the art imaging and diagnostic Centre
• A 30 bed emergency department
• 8 operating theatres, 2 ‘C’ section theatres and an in vitro fertilization theatre
The project also includes an underground 100 person C-4 emergency shelter, 5 residential buildings accommodating 254 hospital staff in self-contained studios, surface car parking for over 1200 cars and a helipad for air ambulance emergency transport.
A typical patient care unit is designed in a triangular shape, with patients’ rooms along the exterior wall. This means that all patient rooms have an external view and the length of the corridor is cut in half. The design also gives privacy to inpatient care units by segregating interdepartmental and public circulation from inpatient circulation. By keeping major circulation on the perimeter of each zone, potential has been maximized for interior flexibility and departmental growth.
The distinctive Islamic geometric make-up of the design plays an important role in the function of the hospital.
Not only does it aid in the overall spatial organisation, it also creates trouble-free orientation for the visitors to the facility; with an unambiguous separation between the patient rooms and the diagnostic treatment areas. State-of-the-art building systems are provided to allow full control of the environmental systems.
The New Ahmadi Hospital has been strategically located on the north side of the main Ahmadi Road, linking with the As- Saffar Motorway.
A Safe and Healthy Work Environment
KOC genuinely cares about people; not only in regards to caring for them when ill or injured, but also with respect to their health and safety, particularly within the work environment. The company fully realises that employees’ health and safety are primary requirements for achieving maximum production.
According to international statistics, more than 80% of incidents are caused by unsound personal behaviour. Thus, KOC is committed to discovering and correcting such dangerous acts and behaviours before an incident takes place.
Based on this corrective concept, the company issued HSEMS for the first time 1995, taking the lead in this regard. Training courses followed the issuance of the System for refining the employees in this direction.
A strategic objective for KOC is to provide a safe and healthy operating environment for the company’s employees, contractors and the public, and to respect the interests of the local communities. KOC’s greatest asset is its people, and that’s why health and safety is such a key issue in the workplace. Occupational health and safety at the company addresses a broad range of workplace hazards, from accident prevention to the more insidious hazards including dust, noise, heat, stress, etc.
Preventing work-related diseases and accidents is a primary goal at KOC, rather than attempting to solve problems after they have already developed.
KOC is dedicated to maximising both efficiency and productivity, with its experience, expertise and service combining for unparalleled results. It is a company that is at the heart of Kuwait’s growth and success and is investing heavily in the country’s future, which of course includes the impressive New Ahmadi Hospital. Indeed, KOC is capturing the spirit of innovation and, in doing so, is surpassing all expectations.